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. U THIS IS THI FIRST OF THRZE HESSAQES IN RESPONSE TO REFERENCE AND DEALS VITH IN-COUNTRY PARAHILITARY OPERATIONS.

i. IT IS JOINTLY RECOMMENDED THAT THESE IN-COUNTRYASSETS BE TURNED OVER TO BACV FOR SUPPORT AND QUIDANCE. . 4. THE COMBAT INTELLIGENCE TEAM PROGRAM COMPRISES SOME.INDIVIDUALS OPERATING IN TEANS OF APPROXIMATELYEM EACH. IT PARALLELS IN EVERY NAY THI MOUNTAIN SCOUT PROGRAM, THErARI NOV BUNJ ABSORBED INTO THE CIDQ PROGRAM. HOVCVCR, IT OPERATES IN HON-HONTAGNARD AREAS AND IS CONPOSID PRIMARILY OF ETHNIC VIETNAMESE. THIS PROGRAM ORIGINALLY CARE UNDER THE SUPPORT Of CAS SINCE IT HAS BASEDTAY-BEHIND PROGRAM VKICH VAS ACTIVATED VKEN THE NEEDS OF THE 1NSUR0ENCY SITUATIONICTATED. THISI ASSETS NAVE MOV BECOME OVERT.' MAC* HAS "KI CAPABILITY TO ABSORB THEMART OF THE CUM STRIEf FORCES. THISOULD. MANAGlMtNT AMD CONTROL*OF'THESE ASSETS.

2. ARRAN8ENENTS HAVE NOV BEEN COMPLETED FOR THE TURNOVER BY CAS TO NACV OF BORDER SURVEILLANCE AND NOUNTAIN SCOUT ASSETS. THIS HZSSAQE DEALS WITH THE REMAINING IN-COUNTRY PARAMILITARY OPERATIONS SPECIFIED IN. THESE ARE THE COMBATTEAN PR06RAH, THE CILIVIAN AIRBORNE RANOERS, AND THZ

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hen, were originally intended as strike forces for operations in laos and nortm vietnam, as hell as support op speical intelligence operations within south vietnam*ave,-in the past, performed these missionsimited degree and-nave also been.attacheo to regular operations vken desirable. vietnamese special forces me mom under the full control.of the joint general staff and host efficient utilization of these forces inith otmer operations being conducted accordino to the rational caipaism plan. therefore, these units should be integrated vith other elements of vietnamese special forces,-the outdance and support of which isacv responsibility. nacv mill seex to regularize these groups by their induction into arvn and utilization om operations in the sane fashion as other special forces, the units are well traueo, flexible, and aggressive.

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Ti IF THESE TRANSFERS TO NACV ARZ HADE,'HACV WILL HAVE UNIQUE SUPPORT AND CONTROL OF OVERT IH-COUMTRY PARAMILITARY ASSETS AMDILL BE IN BETTER POSITION TO SYSTEMATIZE COMMAND AMD SUPPORT OF THESE IRREGULAR UNITS*

I. IT IS UNDERSTOOD THAT CAS MILL CONTINUE TO SUPPLY FUNDS AND MATERIALV FOR THESE ACTIVITIES AT NOT LESS THAM THE CURRENT LEVEL OF SUPPORT THROUSHOUTYUNDUS MILL BE HANDLED BY NACV, HOWEVER, CAS CHAHNELS NAY BE UTILIZED FOR THESE FUNDS IP SO AORZED BY DOD AND CAS HEADQUARTERS.4 IS

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